This map stopped me in my tracks. When we first visited Arizona as two lifelong Marylanders, we experienced a 122-degree day. There were stories on the news about frying eggs on sidewalks and cooking frozen pizzas on car hoods. The extreme heat scrambled our brains. Truly, it made us very sick. At the time, it was considered a highly unusual event. Fast forward, and we are seeing temperatures rise. Even in the Pacific Northwest, we find ourselves preparing for very different summers. The infrastructure here isn’t built for it–many houses and even commercial buildings do not have A/C. Last summer, people in the PNW died from the heat. We even decided to add A/C to the upper level of our house to prepare for the changing temperature patterns.
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